Associate Director, Disability Support Services

St. Mary’s University  |  San Antonio, TX

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Posted 3 weeks ago Full-Time

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Position Title:

Associate Director, Disability Support Services

Job Type: Disability Services
Location: San Antonio, TX
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Private not-for-profit, 4-year
Institution Size: < 3,500 Students
Employer ID: 687
Application Deadline: 07/12/2018

Stated Non-Discrimination Policy

Gender Expression / Identity Sexual Orientation


Housing for Position:
None provided
Housing for Position:
None provided
Major Preference:
No Preference

Major Preference:
No Preference

Position Description

Reporting to the Executive Director for Student Health and Counseling Services. The Associate Director of Disability Support Services is responsible for overseeing the development, implementation, and coordination of functions, staff, procedures, assessments and budgets for the office of Disability Support Services. The director will stay well informed of current issues, effective practices, policy, regulations and laws relevant to disability and testing support programs and services. The ideal candidate will have significant experience working with students with disabilities and assessments, preferably in an educational or related service setting, display a strong commitment to the mission of the institution, and will actively support the delivery of programs and services within the framework of the Marianist and Catholic mission of St. Mary’s University.


Founded in 1852 by the Society of Mary, Marianists, St. Mary’s is a comprehensive Catholic and Marianist university with a strong tradition of integrating liberal arts with professional studies. St. Mary’s enrolls 4,000 students in a diverse university with five schools, more than 40 academic programs including Ph.D. and J.D. programs, and numerous pre-professional programs.  St. Mary’s has been cited for high graduation rates among Texas colleges and is ranked among the best in the West Region for value and academic quality by U.S. News & World Report.  St. Mary’s is the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest, and continues to advocate the Marianist mission of academic excellence and servant leadership.



  • Oversee the development, implementation, and coordination of functions, staff, procedures, assessments, and budgets within the Department.
  • Systematically evaluate current processes and resources in order to identify current, short-term and long-term needs related to trends in disability support services, accommodated testing and testing programs.
  • Work with students to collaboratively create accommodation plans unique to each student to include counseling students regarding educational access and disability rights and responsibilities applicable under Federal and State laws including, but not limited to, the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Fair Housing Act. Assist students in obtaining accommodations for professional licensing and certification examinations.
  • Conduct intake interviews; determine eligibility for services; collect, verify, and maintain disability documentation and other relevant information; and provide accommodated testing, auxiliary aids and services as necessary, to include assistive technology, interpreters and transcribers.
  • Maintain confidential and accurate case management and student development notes and documentation.
  • Provide leadership and supervises, hires, and trains departmental staff to ensure a professional and dynamic workplace.
  • Develop and implement best practice procedures and processes to ensure equitable treatment of students with disabilities.
  • Promote understanding, develop awareness, and educate faculty, staff, and students regarding campus accessibility to include advocating for the needs of students with disabilities within the University community regarding renovations, and serve as consultant to the Facilities Master Planning Committee to represent “accessibility” concerns.
  • Compile and analyze data for monthly and annual reports; evaluate program effectiveness and generate evidence-based plans for improvement.
  • Work with campus colleagues, with specific attention to the Graduate Student Success Center and Information Services staff, to enhance delivery of accommodation support for on-line students, develop compliance plans and resolve issues of electronic information accessibility.
  • Stay up-to-date on current trends, best practices, and legislation that affect accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in a higher education setting. Ensure continuity of service by developing and maintaining collaboration with Faculty, the Learning Assistance Center, the Graduate Student Success Center, and other campus departments or schools as needed or appropriate.
  • Establish and nourish collaborative and consultative relationships with external disability and accessibility organizations and community engagement resources to innovatively meet and improve services and program initiatives to support student success.
  • Manage the Disability Support Services budget; project future expenditures; seek external funding, including grants, to supplement services and student support.
  • Responsible for serving as instructor for one section of freshman success course (ND 0101), Personal and Academic Development, as needed.
  • Attend University meetings and serve on committees or task forces as requested.

EDUCATION:  Master’s degree in Educational Administration, Counseling, Education, Psychology, Social Work, Rehabilitation or related field.


  • Display a strong commitment to the mission of the institution, and be able to articulate the value of a Marianist, Catholic education.
  • Significant experience working with individuals with disabilities in a professional setting to include experience with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, sensory disabilities, chronic health disabilities, spectrum disorders, physical disabilities and other conditions that can require disability-related accommodations and services in the development of their program or goals.
  • Knowledge of Section 504 of the Rehabilitations Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA) and the Fair Housing Act (FHA).
  • Excellent people skills demonstrating tolerance, sensitivity, collaboration and mediation.
  • Ability and willingness to work well with University administration, faculty, and staff; a diverse student body; community leaders; and leadership.
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain systems for managing departmental resources, programs, services, and student participation.
  • Experience with assistive technology.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, orally and in writing, with internal and external audiences; Spanish fluency is preferred;
  • Teaching and/or training experience

Closing date: 7/13/18.  The following materials are required to be considered: application, cover letter, resume, and list of references.  You can submit online at EOE

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